January 2013 NewsFlash

EPA's ENERGY STAR National Building Competition - Digestive Healthcare Center/Easy Energy USA

Digestive Healthcare Center and Easy Energy USA celebrate savings and are in lead lap of EPA’s ENERGY STAR National Building Competition with 2 months to go!

Together, competitors have saved more than $37 million on utility bills and prevented nearly 130,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in just six months.

WASHINGTON – On June 30th 2012, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star program marked the mid-point of the 2012 National Building Competition: Battle of the Buildings with a weigh-in of all 3,200 competitors. Digestive Healthcare Center weighed in with a twenty-five percent energy use reduction, saving $19,295 and preventing 41 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

At the midpoint, twenty-four buildings were above twenty percent with only three above thirty percent of energy reduction. As of the end of October, Digestive Healthcare Center has achieved a thirty-five percent energy use reduction through the team at Easy Energy USA by producing energy-use savings and dramatically reduced CO2 emissions for this 15,360sqft medical office and surgical center. Their future plans include more efficient lighting, upgraded mechanical systems, control systems and power management. All renovations currently include contracted proper weatherization, maintaining duct-work repairs and airflow management. Digestive Healthcare Center continues to work with Easy Energy USA in efforts to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions to protect the surrounding environment.

Now entering the final stretch of the competition, building teams are pulling out all the stops to which building can reduce its energy use the most over the course of one year. In the first six months of the competition alone, the competitors collectively have saved more than $37 million on utility bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions equal to the electricity used by more than 16,000 homes annually.

“Competitors in the third year of the Energy Star Battle of the Buildings are already achieving hard-hitting energy-savings,” said Jean Lupinacci, chief of the ENERGY STAR program for commercial buildings and industrial plants. “The stories behind these energy-savings speak to the dedication of American businesses and organizations to protecting the environment, and to economic common sense.”

The teams in the 2012 ENERGY STAR National Building Competition represent more than 30 different types of commercial buildings — such as retail stores, schools, hotels, and museums — and hail from all 50 states, two U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The competitors range from a Kmart store on the island of St. Thomas, to a crime lab in Phoenix, to a tiny Federal office building in Nome, Alaska.

EPA has a website, featuring a list the competitors and their “weigh-in” results, a live Twitter feed where competitors will post updates on their progress, and a photo streams of their energy-saving efforts. Competitors are measuring and tracking their building's monthly energy and water consumption using EPA's ENERGY STAR online tracking tool, Portfolio Manager; make improvements to their building's performance, and share their progress. Of the initial pool of more than 3,200 competitors, the building that demonstrates the greatest percentage-based reduction in energy use intensity will be recognized as the winner in April 2013.

According to EPA, energy use in commercial buildings accounts for nearly 20 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and energy use at a cost of more than $100 billion per year. On average, 30% of the energy used in commercial buildings is wasted. Thousands of businesses and organizations work with EPA’s ENERGY STAR program and are saving billions of dollars and preventing millions of tons of greenhouse gas emissions from entering our atmosphere each year.

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